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Are you participating in the Iowa State Fair?

Are you participating in the Iowa State Fair?

6/25/2019
Every year hundreds (maybe thousands!) of Iowa United Methodists are present and participate in the Iowa State Fair. In the past, we have met up with several people showing animals, hosting food booths, entering photo competitions, and more. Please email us and let us know if you or your United Methodist church will be participating in some way, receiving an award or be honored at the 2019 Iowa State Fair. 

Calling UM Churches preparing for RAGBRAI

Calling UM Churches preparing for RAGBRAI

6/25/2019
The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) is only a few weeks away. According to RAGBRAI's official website, since its inception, more than 326,650 people rode at least some part of the 46 RAGBRAIs. Nobody knows how many people have been touched in some way along the 19,542 total miles covered by RAGBRAI since 1973. With that in mind, several United Methodist churches have begun preparing for the approximately 8,500 registered riders that will descend on towns from Council ...

A New Way to Support Camping

A New Way to Support Camping

5/15/2019
A New Way to Support Camping Iowa United Methodist Camps are excited to launch the Kindling Club, a new way to ensure the sustainability of camping across the state for the next generation of youth and adults. Okoboji, Pictured Rocks and Wesley Woods United Methodist Camps have impacted hundreds of thousands of lives over the past 100+ years. Many people, myself included, look at their time at camp as the single most formational faith experience of their lives. If you weren’t already aware,...

Annual mission trip to Honduras builds close bonds

Annual mission trip to Honduras builds close bonds

3/29/2019
Each year in January, Clayton Eakins of Bloomfield, Iowa, organizes a Volunteers in Mission trip out of Davis County, to Honduras.    This is the fifth time he has brought a group to these areas, and this year he was joined by Steve Davidson, Penny Warren, Pastor Donna Olinger and Linda Rowe. They worked primarily in the El Negrito and Subirana areas.   Eakins likes to go back to the same place as they keep adding on to their projects and especially because of the deeper relationships formed ...

Iowa Conference creating bi-district offices

Iowa Conference creating bi-district offices

3/29/2019
As a result of the Budget Team’s recommendations, the Iowa Conference will be creating bi-district offices and reducing the number of District Administrative Assistants. Iowa will continue to maintain eight districts with eight District Superintendents. The locations of the bi-district offices will be announced at a later date. "What is already happening is that we have been creative in realigning our resources in order to empower and develop more leaders. As a District Superintendent, I have ...